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Geography - AS and A Levels at Coleg Sir Gar

Course description

  • Students develop knowledge and understanding of the world at local, regional and global levels
  • Makes students aware of the importance of sustainable development
  • Provides an understanding of the inter-relationship between humans and the physical environment
  • It enables students to participate in the learning process through fieldwork and practical work
  • Can support a personal sense of citizenship and the ability to make informed judgements through critical and sensitive study with awareness of others
  • Enables students to develop their own values and understanding of the views and perceptions of people involved in decision making processes especially those associated with the use and management of resources and environment.

Course content

Geography is the key to understanding places and people. It helps us to make sense of our own lives in global world and face vital issues like climate change, shrinking water supplies and food supplies, poverty and conflict.

Geography is also a practical subject, teaching skills students need, such as mapwork, surveying the landscape, defining patterns, analysing data, understanding conflicting opinions, solving problems and critical thinking.

An important part of Geographical learning is developed outdoors through several fieldwork days in Birmingham, Gower and Dorset. Geography is the ideal acedemic subject and combines easily with a variety of other subjects at A level but is often studied with Geology and World Development.

Entry requirements

Normally students 16 - 19 years of age will require a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grades A* - C, one of which must be either GCSE Mathematics or GCSE English Language. GCSE Geography is prefereable. Students without GCSE Geography may be allowed to enroll on the course based on a discussion with the course lecturer first. Entry for mature students without formal qualifications is at the discretion of the Faculty.


AS Level: Two examinations: G1 Hydrological, Tectonic Change and Climate Change (50% of AS marks). Three structured questions with stimulus material, one of which tests research and fieldwork. G2 Population and Settlement Change (50% of AS marks). Three structured questions with stimulus material, one of which tests research and fieldwork.

A2 Level: Two Examinations: G3 Coastal Landforms and Management, Development and the Personal Investigation. (60% of A2 Marks). Section A students choose two essays from a choice of 4. Section B includes a two part question based an investigation the student has made. G4 Sustainable Development (40% of A2 Marks). Four questions based on a pre-released booklet of resources and a compulsory essay question.

Future opportunities

A Levels provide an excellent basis for progression to Higher level qualifications such as degrees or Higher National Diplomas. The majority of our students go on to study Geography or related degrees at University.

Geography can support careers in Environmental Science, Logistics and Transport, Travel and Tourism, Geographic Informations Systems (Google Earth and SatNav), Estate Management, Surveying, Conservation, Town, City and Regional Planning, Meteorology, Sustainable Development, Environmental Management, Charities and other Non-Governmental Organistaions etc.

There are of course many more careers leading from Geography, through studying the subject students will develop transferable skills which will make them more employable - Communication, written and oral; Literate and numerate; Problem-solving, analysis; Teamwork; IT skills; Spatially aware; Environmental & social awareness.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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